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The Short Chassis Volante presented here is a spectacular example of this legendary Aston Martin model and boasts a fascinating history, thoughtful upgrades, and an exquisite professional restoration.
Purchased new by John Jennings of Gerrards Cross in Buckinghamshire through H.W. Motors, DBVC/2330/R was originally specified with a 3.54:1 rear axle ratio, MPH speedometer, Marchal fog lamps, Motorola radio, power-operated aerial, Borg Warner automatic transmission, and chrome wire wheels with Avon Turbospeed GT tires. Finished in Pacific Blue with beige upholstery and a tan top, the completed Short Chassis Volante must have been a sensational sight in 1960s England.
On October 25, 1965, Aston Martin issued the factory guarantee and the car was prepared for delivery to its first owner.
Registered in England as “HYR 999 C,” the Aston Martin returned to the factory in November 1965 for the required 500-mile service. The following month, the Volante returned for its 1,000-mile scheduled service, paintwork, and a new rear axle.
In February 1966, the Aston Martin returned for service, as the car’s shifting was deemed unsatisfactory. In an effort to appease Mr. Jennings, the factory adjusted the throttle linkage to rectify kickdown and fitted a new transmission as well as a replacement axle unit. Still troubled by rough shifting, the Volante received a replacement gearbox and new torque converter at Works Service on April 4, 1966.
In November 1966, Mr. Jennings had a minor accident in his Aston Martin and entrusted the car to the factory for necessary repairs. After carefully tending to the coachwork and front suspension, Aston Martin refinished the car in a new color and returned it to its proud owner. As evidenced by factory records, DBVC/2330/R saw its last factory service on December 4, 1967, at which time it received a new engine (400/2361), gearbox, rear axle, and axle shafts as well as necessary attention to the braking and electrical systems.
By 1970, the Short Chassis Volante had relocated to Cape Town, South Africa, where it eventually fell into disrepair and was retired from regular service. After three decades of relative obscurity, the rare Aston Martin was finally discovered by Peter Stratford of Goodwood Green Classics. As the bodywork and chassis structure remained in outstanding condition, all apertures around the doors, bonnet, and boot were consistent and the car proved to be an ideal candidate for a high-quality restoration.
Soon after its discovery, the Short Chassis Volante was sold to a Carmel, California, collector and Mr. Stratford embarked on a meticulous nut-and-bolt restoration. During this process, the engine was rebuilt to 4.2 litres for improved power and drivability; the cylinder head was prepared to run on modern, lead-free gasoline; the original Borg Warner gearbox was replaced with a desirable, correct-type ZF five-speed; and the steering arrangement was converted from right- to left-hand drive. All in all, every aspect of this rare Aston Martin was addressed, returning it to functional and cosmetic excellence.
In 2005 Lawrence Macks of Owings Mills, Maryland, purchased the Aston Martin, trading both his DB4 and Mercedes-Benz 3.5 Cabriolet as partial payment toward the ultra-exclusive Volante. Five years later, noted collector Jim Patterson of Louisville, Kentucky, acquired the Short Chassis Volante for his exceptional stable of prize-winning European classics and sports cars. Shortly after taking delivery, Mr. Patterson commissioned marque specialists Steel Wings to perform mechanical sorting and a complete concours-quality repaint.
The consignor, an Aston Martin connoisseur who has known of this car since it was discovered in South Africa, states that this exceptional Short Chassis Volante has covered approximately 2,225 miles since restoration and assures that it is ready for either concours or touring pleasure.
Currently finished in the delightful period-correct color scheme of Winchester Blue over dark blue leather upholstery and a matching convertible top, the Short Chassis Volante is beautifully presented in every respect and accompanied by a file of restoration receipts, an original owner’s handbook, factory tool roll, jack, and copies of factory records.
In light of their status as the most rare and exclusive open Aston Martin model of the David Brown era, the Short Chassis Volantes remain highly sought after and are found only in the finest collections. Eligible for countless rallies and concours events, this versatile, Short Chassis Volante is sure to stand out wherever it appears, particularly at AMOC gatherings.
Benefiting from a splendid, world-class restoration and ideal specifications, this very special Aston Martin is sure to impress the most discerning eye and captivate those with a deep appreciation for significant examples of this fabled marque.